SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Ever since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, there has been a maelstrom of reactions from both parties.
Ryan is the the architect of a deeply conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to issue a statement. “There is no question that former Governor Romney now owns the Republican, Ryan budget that puts millionaires ahead of Medicare and the middle class,” Pelosi said. “Congressman Paul Ryan led House Republicans in voting to end the Medicare guarantee, which increases costs on seniors and weakens America’s great middle class in order to give tax breaks to millionaires, Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas.”
The Romney-Ryan ticket made its debut at a naval museum in Norfolk, Va., the initial stop of a bus tour through four battleground states in as many days.
In the campaign to come, Republicans will present economic solutions “that are bold, specific and achievable,” Romney said as he presented his political partner. “We offer our commitment to create 12 million new jobs and bring better take home pay to middle class families.”
The two men basked in the cheers of supporters in their made-for-television debut on a ticket hoping to make President Barack Obama’s first term his last. “I did not make a mistake with this guy,” Romney exulted.